Washi Wednesday – Washi Christmas Cards

Handmade Christmas card using All Is Calm Designer Washi Tape and Snowflake Card Thinlits DiesYep…here is another Washi Wednesday with three more cards using washi tape. This first one uses the All Is Calm Designer Washi Tape (135844) to create a series of banners behind the snowflake. I had cut out the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper (135315) with the Snowflake Card Thinlits die and found it lying on my stamping table. I cut the blue snowflake from Lost Lagoon cardstock and the Joy from a Gold Foil Sheet (132622) using other dies from the Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies (135855).

In this post, I described how I cut out the large snowflake from glimmer paper. Since then I actually took the time to watch Stampin’ Up’s video on how to use the die and learned a much easier way to cut out the snowflake:

  1. Place a 3 3/4″ square of cardstock/glimmer paper under the snowflake part of the card base die and run it through the Big Shot.
  2. Remove the cardstock , turn it 90 degrees, and replace it under the die lining up the cut parts with the corresponding parts of the snowflake.
  3. Run it through the Big Shot again. Voila! You now have a perfectly cut snowflake. This is also the way to cut out the large snowflake from the Letterpress Winter stamp set (photopolymer 135145). However, lining up the die to the stamped image is very difficult. I found it much easier to first cut the snowflake shape out and then stamp the image on it. The photopolymer stamp make placement of the image on the die cut much, much easier.

Handmade Christmas card using the Santa and Company Designer Washi tape and Letterpress Winter stamp set Handmade Christmas card using the Santa & Co Designer Washi Tape and Wondrous Wreat Thinlit DiesThese are two more versions of this washi tape Christmas card. The top card shows the result of following the directions above using the large snowflake die from the Letterpress Winter stamp set (135143). I used the Santa and Co. Designer Washi Tape (135843) on this card and the next one. The Joy and the larger snowflake were cut from Gold Glimmer paper (133719) using one of the dies from the Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies as was the Marina Mist smallest snowflake. I love how the various stamp sets and dies work so well together!

The third card is a little less detailed. I used the Santa and Co. Designer Washi tape and added the word ‘joy’ cut from Red Glimmer paper (121790). I added a bow from Silver 1/8″ Ribbon (132137). I don’t know which one I like best. How about you? Leave your choice in a comment below. To order the supplies to make these cards, click on the images below.

MDS Monday – Be Yourself Designer Series Paper

Digital Scrapbook Page using the Be Yourself Designer Series Paper and meeting MDSM87 challengeI absolutely love the colors in the Be Yourself designer series papers found in the Be Yourself May Digital Kit (133426)! I have used it often and have in this scrapbook page. This picture of our great-granddaughter jumping in the mud puddle in the alley behind her grandma’s house is so cute I just HAD to use it in a scrapbook page.

The MDS Monday Challenge 87 is to play with changing the size of the patterns of the designer series papers and to insert one photo over several photo boxes.  I often shrink a dsp pattern so more of the pattern shows in a punch but this time the pattern didn’t need to be shrunk because all I was going for was the splashes of color. To put a picture over several photo boxes, select the boxes you want by holding down the shift key and clicking on the boxes. Then group them. Finally drag your picture to the grouping and like magic, each box gets a piece of the photo!

Here is the challenge sketch:

MDSM87 Challenge SketchIf you don’t have this wonderful Be Yourself May Kit, you really need it! Click on the image below for more details about it and to order it.

Happy Bosses Day!

Happy-Boss-Day-11-334x480This is National Boss Day and I am happy to report that I am one too. Yes…I am my own boss and boy do I have struggles with myself! These are the top three reasons I love being my own boss as an owner of a paper crafting company:

  • I directly reap the rewards of the effort I put into my company. These rewards are not only monetary rewards but creative and relationships rewards.
  • I get to set my own schedule and work it around my family’s schedule.
  • This is one of the few jobs where you can have such fun and creative outlet while working!

For further information on how to be your own boss and enjoy these benefits of owning your own paper-crafting business as a member of my team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, give me a call or email me. You can also click on this link to get additional information: http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/creationsbysue/jointhefun.

 

Terrific Tuesday – Gold Glimmer Paper

Stampin’ Up! reconfigured the Gold Glimmer paper (133719) at the start of the 2014 – 2015 annual catalog. I was curious as to what the difference was between the old Gold Glimmer paper and the new one so I ordered a package of the new paper even though I still had a supply of the old. I discovered that the color has changed to a brighter gold color. The top Joy was cut from the new paper with the ‘joy’ die of the Wondrous Wreath thinlits (135851). I like both colors equally well. How about you? Leave a comment below.

photo of comparison between new and old Gold Glimmer paper using a die from the Wondrous Wreath Thinlits

This is Terrific Tuesday beccause each Tuesday we get terrific Weekly Deals. Check them out below and click on the links for more details and to order them.

MDS Monday – Herringbone Technique

Digital birthday card with a herringbone background using Be Yourself designer series papers

Welcome to MDS Monday. This week our challenge is to make a herringbone background using narrow rectangles. Here is the challenge sketch:

MDSM86 challenge sketch using a herringbone backgroundI filled rectangles with various patterns of designer series paper from Be Yourself May Digital Download and solid colors chosen by the color picker to match the designer series paper. The grosgrain ribbon started out as Regal Rose and I recolored it with Rich Razzleberry color. The starburst came with the Game Daby Photobook template.

The technique is shared in this video by Juanita Golson

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To order the downloads I used, click on the links below.

Halloween Wondrous Wreath

Handmade Halloween card created with the Woundrous Wreath stamp set and diesHere is another great idea I had for the Wondrous Wreath bundle. I am having so much fun with this stamp set and corresponding dies. I love how Stampin’ Up! attached little handles to the wreath stamps and to their corresponding dies so we have a reference point for lining them up correctly. I used the little bats stamp and the greeting from the Holiday Home stamp set. I wish the bats were a little larger though. I guess the wreath is just full of baby bats….LOL!

If you missed the other cards I created with this Wondrous Wreath bundle check this post. Have I convinced you yet that you need this stamp set? Go order it and the supplies needed to make this card now by clicking on the images below.

MDS Monday – Reason to Preserve Memories

I came across this quote some time back and have wanted to do a piece of wall art to remind me of the necessity of scrapbooking. Since my parents are deceased, I have all the memorabilia from my side of the Julier family. If I don’t pass on to my children and grandchildren the memories I have, the names of the people in my stash of photos, the events the photos are taken of, and the feelings that were part of those events will die when I die.

I did the first created this lovely background for the quote using a piece of Summertime Splendor designer series paper and filled a punch with a piece of Be Yourself designer series paper.

Digital wall art using Summertime Splendor designer series paper and a quote about preserving memories

Then I got to thinking of all the vintage photos I have in my possession and thought maybe the background to the quote should be vintage-like pictures of faces that are a part of my life. So I created this as well.

Digital wall art in a vintage style

Now my quandary is which page should I send off to print. I really want only one on my stamping room wall but I like them both. So I need your help. Which one do you like best? Leave your answer in a comment below.

If you don’t have the MDS program or the digital downloads I used, click on the links below for more information and to place your order.

World Card Making Day – Wondrous Wreath

I told you yesterday to come back later in the day to see what I had created for World Card Making Day but there was no later post for you to see. That’s because I was having such fun creating cards that I ran out of time to post them. Here they are in all their glory.

I really, really am glad I bought this Wondrous Wreath bundle. It was one of the sets I thought I could do without until I saw all the great cards others were creating with the set. None of these ideas are original with me but…hey…in the stamping world CASEing (copy and sharing everything) is a great type of flattery! These cards show off how versatile this set is.

handmade Christmas card using the Wondrous Wreat stamp set Wondrous Wreath Thanksgiving Wondrous Wreath Noelhandmade Christmas card using the Wondrous Wreath stamp set with a garlandWhich of these cards is your favorite? Leave your answer in a comment below.

Did you create a card for World Card Making Day yesterday but didn’t get a chance to email me a photo? You can still do that through today. I will share your card on this blog and my husband will choose his favorite from the cards that are submitted. The winner will receive these cards I made for their prize. Email me your card!

To order any of the supplies I used for these cards, just click on the images below.

 

Happy World Card Making Day!

World Card Making Day image

Today is World Card Making Day. What are you doing to celebrate this day? I challenge you to go make a card and send me a picture of it for me to share here. Let’s see how many cards we can post. I’m off to stamp a couple myself so check back later today to see what I create. My husband will choose his favorite from the cards you submit and I’ll send you the cards I make today as a prize.

Remember the Stamp, Stock, and Save promotion only runs through Oct 6. Now is the time to stock up on cardstock and fill in gaps in your colors of ink pads at a significant savings. Visit my online store for the details.

Third Time’s a Charm – Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies

I have share two Christmas cards I created with the Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies (135855) here and here. Today I have a third card created with this die.

Handmade Christmas card created with the Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies and using the tree die

This time I cut out a separate snowflake from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper to glue to the snowflake on the card. Here are the steps for doing this:

  1. Place a square of glimmer paper that is slightly bigger than the snowflake on the cutting platform and place the Snowflake Card die on top of the square.
  2. Place the top cutting plate with the edge of the plate lining up with the middle of the snowflake and run it through the Big Shot. The cutting plate only covers the smaller end of the die. This will prevent the other part of the snowflake from being cut.
  3. There is a score line above and below the snowflake once the die has been run through the Big Shot. Move the framelit over and line up the second fold on top of the score line making sure the points of the snowflake are properly shaped.
  4. Place the top cutting plate over the middle of the snowflake again covering the bulk of the die and not covering the smaller end that you have already cut. Then run it through the Big Shot.
  5. You should now have a nicely shaped snowflake to match the snowflake on the card base. You can use this procedure to cut out the large snowflake from the Letterpress Winter stamp set (135145).

For more details about the supplies I used and to order them, click on the links below.